Turkeys @   CD&J  MINI  RANCH

ABOUT OUR TURKEYS

 

We raise Bourbon Red Turkeys and Midget White Turkeys.  The Bourbon Red is a Heritage breed of domestic
turkey named for its unique reddish plumage. They were originally selected  
as a meat bird, and was created by crossing Buff, Standard Bronze, and White Holland Turkeys. This turkey was an important variety in the turkey industry throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The breed standard indicates the Bourbon Red should weigh 23 pounds for toms and 14 pounds for hens at slaughter
age which is approx 28 weeks.
Like most turkey breeds, their popularity  declined after the commercial adoption of the Broad Breasted White.  Populations began to recover in the early 21st century, and today it is one of the most popular heritage turkey breeds in the U.S. Despite its relative
popularity as a heritage breed, it is still listed as "watch" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The hens can lay upwards of 170 eggs per year.

We started raising the Midget Whites because we thought they would be smaller and more suited to our homestead since there are only 4 of us here at the Ranch. But that is not the case. The Midget White is a breed of domestic turkey
named for its white plumage and small stature. The breed is the smallest standard variety of turkey, and
with toms at roughly 13 lbs and hens 8-10 lbs  (ours weigh much more than that). A rare heritage turkey breed, the Midget White is classified as "Critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Midget White Turkey is relatively friendly and is especially well-suited to being raised on small farms
and on a homestead. The hens lay an average of 60-80 large eggs per year.